North Coast People’s Alliance ‘Sanctuary Initiative, Measure K’
This is a press release from the North Coast People’s Alliance:
The North Coast People’s alliance is endorsing Measure K, the countywide Sanctuary Initiative, which offers greater protection to families caught up in immigration actions. Measure K would require authorities to consult with parents and learn their preferences regarding their children’s custody and residence if the families are being separated.
“It is so important that parents have a voice their children’s placement, and are able to know where their children are,” said Caroline Griffith, secretary of the Steering Committee of the North Coast People’s Alliance. “We encourage everyone to vote Yes on Measure K.”
Measure K also ensures that county resources can be used to serve the needs of Humboldt County, instead of being hijacked for a Washington political agenda.
It will make Humboldt County safer, because all community members will feel safe to report a fire be a witness in a criminal investigation, or take their children to the doctor.
“Many families in Humboldt include a mix of legal residents, undocumented residents and U.S. citizens, and everyone is affected by overzealous enforcement,” said Renee Saucedo, a volunteer for the Yes on K campaign.
Measure K is expected to save the county money by prohibiting detentions solely for immigration purposes, by prohibiting random fingerprinting and by ensuring that county funds are not used to investigate or report immigration status, she said.
And importantly, nothing in the measure prevents Humboldt County from arresting and prosecuting criminals, no matter what their immigration status is.
People can learn more about the initiative at www.measurek.org.
The North Coast People’s Alliance organizes for social justice, economic justice and environmental justice, and works to help everyday people become more involved in their civic institutions.
It invites volunteers to make phone calls to voters in support of the Sanctuary initiative and other NCPA-endorsed issues and candidates on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m. on every Saturday through Election Day. All phone banks will be held at the Labor Temple, 840 E St., Eureka, and will begin with a brief training session. Participants must bring their phones, and are encouraged to also bring laptops or tablets.
To read more about NCPA and its endorsements, visit the website at www.northcoastpeoplesalliance.org.